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Let’s Make Our Oceans Happy - World Oceans Day

There’s a reason earth is called the ‘blue planet’. About 72% of the planet’s surface is covered with water. And 96% is covered by the ocean. 
And for years and years, we are continuously depleting the earth’s surface and polluting the water bodies. We humans sometimes become so selfish and self-centred that we often forget that our actions have consequences. If you have heard about the ‘ripple effect’, you might know how one thing leads to another. Currently, the ocean has reached its peak level of destruction. It’s high time we should understand the importance and step towards sustainability. The ocean is the planet’s life support system. It generates half of the oxygen we breathe and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Covering well over half of the planet’s surface, they regulate our climate and weather by transporting heat from the equator to the north and south poles. We rely on fish, seafood and ocean vegetation as important sources of food and medicine.
No wonder why so many scientists and conservationists put their efforts into researching and protecting our oceans. In fact, the United Nations has declared the next 10 years as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’, stressing the urgent need to research issues related to the ocean and the future of humanity.
Well, the UN is doing their part, but as an individual, what are we doing? How are we contributing to a positive change? If such questions don’t arise in our mind, I guess we’re taking the earth for granted. If not a huge change, why not start with baby steps to heal the water bodies bit by bit. 
Here are 5 steps one can follow to make our ocean happy again:
  • Boycott single-use plastic:
  • Single-use plastics are those that are made primarily from fossil fuel-based chemicals (petrochemicals) and are meant to be disposed of right after use—often, in mere minutes. Single-use plastics are most commonly used for packaging and service ware, such as bottles, wrappers, straws, and bags. But most single-use plastic is not necessary. It has evolved as a convenient way for corporations to profitably get their products to us. 
    It's time to open our eyes, look at the filth we are living in. There would be a moment where not only the marine animals would be choking on them (which is currently happening) but we as humans would be in the same place soon.
  • Join the reusable revolution:
  • How reusable products are helpful in your life---it’s cost-effective; environment friendly; growing a personal attachment towards the product (you don’t have to part ways after using the product for one time, but you can continue using it as long as you want to); doesn’t go to your disposal after single use hence producing less waste.
    Still, need more convincing to join this revolution?
    Okay, continue with other points then...
  • Shop local & request plastic-free packaging:
  • Local stores are more likely to listen to their customers, and the products you buy generally have shorter supply chains, so plastic is easier to cut out. Plus you’ll be supporting your local economy which is always a good thing! 
  • Minimise bathroom and cleaning products:
  • It might look like you’re keeping your house or your bathroom clean and chasing the bacterias away by using those strong cleaning products that generally shows ‘’it kills 99.9% germs’ in general infomercials. But the actual thing it is killing is the aquatic life.
    So, what happens to the floor cleaning chemicals when we empty our bucket of the solution down the drain after cleaning? What happens to the chemicals in the bath and shower cleaner after we rinse away the residue? It flows into the water bodies. And do you know what these cleaners constitute of? Triclosan, phosphates, NPE and many other deadly chemicals which are severe health hazards. Not only it’s affecting the aquatic life but those whose livelihood depends upon the sea.
  • Lead by example to inspire others too:
  • These above steps might be a baby step for you, but every step counts. By following these, you can set an example and inspire other people around you. Switch to sustainable and eco-friendly product usage. 
    If we are banning something toxic from our life, there are chances a void will be left. But here we are going to fill it up with a sustainable lifestyle. Come on, it's time to be the earth hero! So, buckle up and start a sustainable journey with us.

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